The Policy Forum is your best opportunity to learn the latest legislative and regulatory details and how they will affect you, your business and your patients. Once you are armed with the facts, we as a profession will educate our Members of Congress to offer common sense solutions and share how the O&P profession restores lives and puts people back to work. Your Congressional appointments will be organized by AOPA staff and lobbyists.
You will be well prepared to meet with your member of Congress after day 1. On day 2 each state delegation will go on appointments together as time allows.Why should you attend? Educate your lawmakers on the issues that are important to YOU: 1. Recognition of the Orthotist/Prosthetist’s notes as part of the medical record 2. RAC audit practices that harm honest providers and don’t prevent fraud 3. Preventing the Expansion of Off-the-Shelf Orthoses and Competitive Bidding 4. Equitable reimbursement for medically necessary services 5. The value of O&P professionals as allied health providers 6. How O&P care can save Medicare money 7. Distinguish O&P from DME – endorse legislation that recognizes that you are more than a supplier To maximize your time away from the office, the Policy Forum will offer you additional learning opportunities on important and pertinent topics. To make this experience even more beneficial, you can customize your schedule and register for the additional modules you are most interested in.
Policy Forum ScheduleMonday, March 23, 2015 – Day 1
|12:45 – 4:40 PM||Briefings and updates from Senators and Representatives, the AOPA lobbying team, and other experts on critical issues confronting the O&P community|
|4:45 – 5:45 PM||O&P PAC Fundraiser Reception (contribution required)|
|6:30 PM||Reception and Dinner (included)|
|7:30 AM||Breakfast, Review of Talking Points and a Mock Congressional Visit|
|8:00 AM – 4:00 PM||Congressional Appointments|
|4:00 – 4:30 PM||Debriefing Session|
|5:00 – 8:00 PM||Module 1 – Optional Add-on program. AOPA extended educational modules: These high-level executive meetings will provide the business information and Washington insider focus you need to continue to run your highly successful business. (Includes Dinner)|
|8:30 AM – 1:00 PM||Module 2 – Optional Add-on program.AOPA extended educational modules: These high-level executive meetings will provide the business information and Washington insider focus you need to continue to run your highly successful business.|
Please be sure your hotel reservation request reaches the Renaissance Hotel prior to February 13 when any remaining rooms will be released. Since rates quoted here are on a space-available basis only, once the Policy Forum block of rooms is sold out, which may be earlier than February 13, 2015 there is no guarantee that rooms will be available or that they will be available at the preferred rate.Hotel Cancellations The Renaissance Hotel has a 24-hour cancellation policy. Cancellations of your reservation within 24 hours prior to your scheduled arrival date will result in a penalty charge equivalent to one night’s room and tax charges. What to Wear Business casual attire is the preferred dress for the events on March 23. You may want to keep a light sweater or jacket on hand, as meeting rooms will likely be cool. Sport coats and ties or suits are preferred for Capitol Hill visits on March 24. Questions? E-mail rgleeson@AOPAnet.org or call Ryan Gleeson at 571/431-0876 for questions pertaining to registration, housing or transportation. Email dbernard@AOPAnet.org or call Devon Bernard at 571/431-0854 for questions pertaining to Policy Forum education content, hill visits or specific legislative information. Register Online Now or via fax!